2016 NCBJ San Francisco Annual Conference – Conference News Photographers Off Duty

Bankruptcy Judges Bob Jacobvitz (D.N.M.) and Rodney May (M.D. Fla.) are the two NCBJ Conference News photographers. If you have attended an NCBJ conference, you may have seen us taking pictures. Below are photos we took while in San Francisco to attend the Annual Conference or in Sonoma and Napa Valleys after the Conference.

Click on a photo to enlarge it, then backspace to return to this post.

Photos by Robert H. Jacobvitz

This is the downstairs of the Mercantile Building in San Francisco where a bankruptcy judges dinner was held Thursday night during the Conference. This is quite a place.

After the SF Annual Conference, my wife and I headed north to spend a couple days in wine country. Our first stop was the Patz & Hall Winery in the City of Sonoma in Sonoma Valley.

We then headed south to the Ridge Lytton Springs Winery near Healdsburg. This is one of Ridge’s beautiful vineyards.

Our final winery visit of the day was at the Matanzas Creek Winery near Santa Rosa to taste some excellent Merlot. The next three photos depict the winery’s wonderful lavender garden. The lavender had already been harvested leaving behind these sculpted plants.



This interesting shed is to the left of the Matanzas Creek lavender garden.

The next day we visited three wineries near Calistoga at the north end of Napa Valley: Chateau Montelena, Frank’s Family Vineyard and Clos Pagase

I took the next five photos at Chateau Montelena, one of the world’s great wineries. This is the north side of the winery.

A close up of wine barrels shown in the preceding picture.

This tasting room is just inside Chateau Montelena’s visitor’s center.

A bridge next to the Chateau Montelena Chinese water garden built by a prior owner.

A Pagoda at the Chateau Montelena Chinese water garden.

Frank’s Family Winery is not quite as picturesque as some of the other wineries we visited, but the people are very friendly and the wine is excellent.

Finally, we visited the Clos Pagase Winery. It is quite a place to see. The first photo shows a vineyard just outside the winery.

This is a hallway we traveled to get to a Clos Pagase tasting room.

And this is quite some tasting room.

Photos by Rodney May











IWIRC Reception and Events

On Tuesday, October 25, IWIRC (International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation) will hold a reception at SoMa in the Marriott Marquis. Complimentary registration is open for judges attending the NCBJ Conference. The reception occurs from 5:30pm until 7:30pm.

For Wednesday October 26, IWIRC has assembled educational panels. Beginning at 9:30am, hear Panel One covering “International Investors – Where in the World Is the Money Coming from?” followed at 10:30am by Panel Two examining “The Dissection of a Ponzi Scheme.” After these panels is a luncheon and presentation of awards. Topping it off, IWIRC has arranged several excursions for Wednesday afternoon. Tour Alcatraz, or visit the Muir Woods, or enjoy a culinary exploration with a Ferry Building Marketplace Tasting and Tour.

Registration for the all IWIRC events is open to members and non-members through the IWIRC website or by contacting Sheri Bednar via e-mail at sbedker@iwirc.og.

A Dream Weekend in Wine Country

Click here to read A Dream Weekend in Wine Country, by Bankruptcy Judge Hannah Blumenstiel, N.D. Cal., published in the 2106 Fall Issue of the NCBJ Conference News. Do you want to stay in a “meticulously restored craftsman” Inn in Napa, to lunch in a “classic French bistro” that is “insanely popular” or at a place where “the food is so good I dream about it,”and then taste wine in an original Craftsman bungalow? Then this article is for you. The article contains recommendations for hotels, restaurants, wineries and other fun things to do in Napa and Sonoma wine country from a judge willing to share her special insight into the area.

NCBJ Celebrates its 90th Year – Part 1 (1926-1973)

The NCBJ celebrates its 90th year in 2016, having been formed in 1926 as the National Association of Referees in Bankruptcy. This link will take you to part 1 of a 2-part article written in celebration of NCBJ’s 90th anniversary. Part 1 was published in the 2016 Fall Issue of the NCBJ Conference News. Part I covers: (i) The NCBJ’s Formation; (ii) The World War II Years; (iii) the Referees’ Salary Act of 1946, (iv) NARB Changes its Name; and (v) The American Bankruptcy Law Journal and NCBJ Conference News.

A “Native’s” Guide to the City by the Bay

Click here to read an interesting and informative article entitled A “Native’s” Guide to the City by the Bay written by Bankruptcy Judges Stephen Johnson and Hannah Blumenstiel, both sitting in the Northern District of California. The article was published in the Fall 2016 Issue of the NCBJ Conference News.

The article covers San Francisco’s weather, sites to see walking around town, traditional tourist destinations, great restaurants to consider, organized tours opportunities, museums, music and theater, and fun things to do with children.

San Francisco: The Historical Angle

Click this link to read an interesting article written by Bankruptcy Judge Stephen Johnson, N.D. Cal., published in the Fall 2016 Issue of the NCBJ Conference News, entitled San Francisco: The Historical Angle.

What’s in a Theme?

Year after year, attorneys, judges and restructuring professionals ask us “What will your theme be at this year’s NCBJ After Party?” “What can we expect?” Well, if we gave that away then we would be removing the element of surprise.

We took a walk on the dark side of the moon to help us decide on the 2016 theme. Will there be a flying circus at the Marriott Marquis? Good times will definitely be had by all and we will keep the suspense going until Friday October 28 at 9PM.

See you in the Golden Gate Ballroom!

Blog Quiz #2 Answers

NCBJ Blog Quiz: How Well Do You Know Your Bankruptcy History and Bankruptcy Community?

by Professor Karen M. Gebbia

Golden Gate University School of Law

To take Blog Quiz #1, click here (bankruptcy organization acronyms plus bonus question).

To take Blog Quiz #2, click here (identify which one does not belong, from a bankruptcy perspective, and why?).

Blog Quiz #2 answers:

1. King does not belong. The Shea, McAdoo, Donovan, and Thacher commissions, committees and reports heavily influenced bankruptcy legislation in the 1930s and 1940s. For bankruptcy Kings, see the answers to Quiz #1.

2. Brookings does not belong. The Lowell Bill and Torrey Bill were precursors to the Bankruptcy Act of 1898. The Lowell Bill was not successful; the Torrey Bill formed the basis for the Bankruptcy Act. The Brookings Institution Report of 1971 influenced the Bankruptcy Code of 1978.

3. 1823 does not belong. Federal bankruptcy laws were enacted in 1800, 1841, 1867 and 1898, but not in 1823.

4. 1938 does not belong. The Commission on the Bankruptcy Laws of the United States issued its report in 1973. The National Bankruptcy Review Commission issued its report in 1997. There was no bankruptcy commission report in 1938. 1938 is significant as the year the Chandler Act amendments to the Bankruptcy Act of 1898 were enacted.

5. The Great Recession of 2007-2009 does not belong. The other financial crisis led more or less directly to major federal bankruptcy legislation. The Great Recession did not; although it did spur other federal legislation, most notably the Dodd-Frank Act.

NCBJ Blog Quiz #2: How Well Do You Know Your Bankruptcy History and Bankruptcy Community?

NCBJ Blog Quiz: How Well Do You Know Your Bankruptcy History and Bankruptcy Community?

by Professor Karen M. Gebbia

Golden Gate University School of Law

In a series of short quizzes, Professor Gebbia invites readers to test their knowledge of bankruptcy history and the role the bankruptcy community has played in shaping bankruptcy law. To learn more, attend the American Bankruptcy Law Journal / American Bar Association Symposium at the NCBJ Meeting: The NCBJ at Ninety: Evolution and Revolution, on October 27, 2016, in San Francisco.

Quiz #2:
One of these things is not like the others; no, one of these things just does not belong!
Can you identify which one does not belong, from a bankruptcy perspective, and why?

Shea, McAdoo, Donovan, Thacher, King

Lowell, Torrey, Brookings

1800, 1823, 1841, 1867, 1898

1938, 1973, 1997

Panic of 1796-1799, Panic of 1837, Long Depression of 1873 – 1896, Great Depression of 1929-1933, Great Recession of 2007-2009 

For the answers to Blog Quiz #2, click here.

To take Blog Quiz #1, click here.

To take Blog Quiz #2, click here.

Check back from time to time for more quizzes.

Index: Recommendations for a Dream Weekend in Wine Country

Index: Recommendations for a Dream Weekend in Wine Country

by Bankruptcy Judge Hannah L. Blumenstiel (N.D. Cal.)

Please note: All addresses, telephone numbers, and other details are accurate as of July 27, 2016, according to each vendor’s website. Please confirm

Blue Bottle Coffee
66 Mint Plaza
(off Mission St. between 5th & 6th Sts.)
Hours: M – Su, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Web: bluebottlecoffee.com

Elite Audio Coffee Bar
893A Folsom Street
(at 5th St.)
Hours: M, Tu, W, F, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Th, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.;
Sa, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Su, closed
Web: eliteaudiosf.com/menu (coffee art hours posted on the website)

Andaz Napa

1450 First Street, Napa, CA
(between Franklin & School Sts.)
Tel. 707.687.1234
Web: napa.andaz.hyatt.com

Napa River Inn
500 Main Street, Napa, CA
(at 5th Street)
Tel. 707.251.8500
Web: napariverinn.com

Blackbird Inn
1755 1st Street, Napa, CA
(between College & Jefferson Sts.)
Tel. 888.567.9811
Web: blackbirdinnnapa.com

Oxbow Public Market
610 and 644 First Street, Napa, CA
(between Soscol Ave. & Silverado Trail)
Tel. 707.226.6529
Hours: Oxbow is open 7 days a week; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas; individual café and vendor hours vary, so check the website for vendor/café specific hours
Web: oxbowpublicmarket.com

6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA
Tel. 707.944.8037
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m., M – F; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m., Sa – Su (Brunch 10:00 a.m. – noon, Sa – Su)
Web: thomaskeller.com/bouchonyountville

Bouchon Bakery
6528 Washington Street, Yountville, CA
Tel. 707.944.2253
Hours: 7:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., every day
Web: thomaskeller.com/bouchonbakeryyountville

JCB Tasting Salon

6505 Washington Street, Yountville, CA
Tel. 855.288.2582
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Su – Th; 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., F – Sa
Web: jcbwines.com

821 Coombs Street, Napa, CA
Tel. 707.254.9464
Hours: Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., M – F
Dinner 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., M – Th; 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m., F – Sa; 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Su
Web: miminashi.com

930 Franklin Street, Napa, CA
(Cadet is in the pedestrian alley off Franklin Street between 1st & 2nd Sts)
Tel. 707.224.4400
Hours: 6:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m., M – Th; 6:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., Fr – Sa
Web: cadetbeerandwinebar.com

Eco Polish Boutique
1330 Third Street, Napa, CA
(between Randolph & Franklin Sts., next to the Uptown Theater)
Tel. 707.430.8422
Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., W – M
Web: eco-polishboutique.com

Napa River Velo

680 Main Street, Napa, CA
(at 3rd Street)
Tel. 707.258.8729
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., M – F; 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sa; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Su
Web: naparivervelo.com

Napa Cycle Sport
796 Soscol Avenue, Napa, CA
Tel. 707.265.7886
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., M – Th; noon – 8:00 p.m., F; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sa; noon – 5:00 p.m., Su
Web: napacyclesport.com

Napa Running Company
942 Main Street, Napa, CA
(at 1st Street)
Tel. 707.255.6688
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., M – F; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sa;
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Su
Web: naparunningcompany.com
Group runs: 6:00 p.m., Th; 8:30 a.m., Sa (from the store)
Track: Tuesday evenings (Redwood Middle School)

Alston Park
2037 Dry Creek Road, Napa, CA
(just North of Redwood Road)
Web: naparec.com

Kennedy Park
3304 Streblow Drive, Napa, CA
(adjacent to the Napa River along the Napa-Vallejo Highway/Soscol Ave.)
Web: naparec.com

Robert Louis Stevenson State Par
7 miles north of Calistoga, CA on Highway 29
Tel. 707.942.4575
Hours: Sunrise to sunset, every day
Web: parks.ca.gov

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
5 miles North of St. Helena, CA/4 miles South of Calistoga, CA on Highway 29
Tel. 707.942.4575
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – sunset, every day
Web: parks.ca.gov

Domain Chandon
1 California Drive, Yountville, CA
Tel. 888.242.6366
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
Web: chandon.com

Robert Sinskey Vineyards
6320 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA
Tel. 707.944.9090
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., every day
Web: robertsinskey.com

Frank Family Vineyards
1091 Larkmead Lane, Calistoga, CA
Tel. 800.574.9463
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., every day
Web: frankfamilyvineyards.com

Inn at Sonoma
630 Broadway, Sonoma, CA
Tel. 888.568.9818
Web: innatsonoma.com

El Dorado Hotel
405 1st Street West, Sonoma, CA
Tel. 707.996.3030
Web: eldoradosonoma.com

219 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA
Tel. 707.922.5251
Web: h2hotel.com

Healdsburg Inn
112 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, CA
Tel. 800.431.8661
Web: healdsburginn.com

Singletree Café
165 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA
Tel. 707.433.8263
Web: none

Diavola Pizzeria/Salumeria
21021 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville, CA
Tel. 707.814.0111
Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., M – Su (walk-in’s only F – Su)
Web: diavolapizzeria.com

Dry Creek Kitchen
317 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA
Tel. 707.431.0330
Hours: Dinner 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Su – Th; 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., F – Sa
Web: drycreekkitchen.com

Willow Stream Spa
(at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn)
100 Boyes Boulevard, Sonoma, CA
Tel. 707.938.9000
Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., M – Th; 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., F – Su
Web: fairmont.com/sonoma/willow-stream

Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve
North Entrance: 3000 Los Alamos Road, Santa Rosa, CA
South Entrance: 1450 Pythian Road, Santa Rosa, CA
Tel. 707.539.8092
Hours: 7:00 a.m. – sunset, every day
Web: parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov

Annadel State Park
6201 Channel Drive, Santa Rosa, CA
Tel. 707.539.3911
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – sunset, every day
Web: parks.ca.gov

Sonoma Cyclery
20091 Broadway, Sonoma, CA
Tel. 707.935.3377
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., M – Sa; 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Su
Web: sonomacyclery.com

Spoke Folk Cyclery
201 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA
Tel. 707.433.7171
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., M – F; 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sa – Su
Web: spokefolk.com

Russian River Paddle Boards
Tel. 707.479.6432
Web: russianriverpaddleboards.com

The Sonoma House at Patz & Hall
21200 8th Street East, Sonoma, CA
Tel. 707.265.7700
Hours: Open Th – M; reservations required
Web: patzhall.com

Ridge Vineyards – Lytton Springs
650 Lytton Springs Road, Healdsburg, CA
Tel. 707.433-7721
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., M – Th; 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., F – Su
Web: ridgewine.com

Kistler Vineyards
7095 Trenton-Healdsburg Road, Forestville, CA
Tel. 707.657.7665
Hours: Visits by appointment only
Web: kistlervineyards.com